Miracle Makers: Defying the Odds

Miracle Makers is a series of 30 stories from Walmart and Sam’s Club associates to celebrate the companies’ 30th anniversary of fundraising for CMN Hospitals

Not long after the Walmart and CMN Hospitals relationship began a baby was born 15 weeks early at Hurley Children’s Hospital in Flint, MI.

That baby, weighing only 1 lb. 9 oz., was Dijon Russell. Today, Dijon is happily employed as an associate in an East Atlanta Walmart’s dairy and frozen food department, where he’s worked for almost three years.

When he was born the doctors prepared his mother to prepare for the worst, but when Dijon defied the odds and was released from the hospital one of the doctors jumped in the air and clicked his heels exclaiming, “I knew Dijon would make it!” And made it Dijon certainly has. He’s the recipient of three scholarships, the owner of a book personalized and signed by former President Jimmy Carter and a one-time guest on NPR.

Dijon is a successful and healthy 26-year-old today

Dijon believes every associate should fundraise for CMN Hospitals because of his experience at Hurley Children’s Hospital.

“It’s a huge eye-opener for fellow associates to meet people like me who were treated at a children’s hospital and are now doing very well,” Dijon said. “I share my story with everyone as often as I can to inspire them to help out.”

Do your part to help current children’s hospitals patients by donating at your local Walmart or Sam’s Club today!

Comments for Miracle Makers: Defying the Odds

  1. Hurley NICU you have always rocked!! Dr. Robert Veagus, Dr. Raymond Chann, his primary nurses Janice, Dianne and entire staff, as the list is endless.. THANK YOU!! Your tireless efforts and many prayers have paid off.. I am the most proud of Dijon as I am his mom.. Dijon you are awesome and congratulations keep pushing forward as the best is yet to come…

    Love mom…

  2. I am so inspired daily by the life of Dijon. His spirit transcends all barriers and permeates love for family, friends and all who share in this human race. As I am healing from cancer, I can truly proclaim “is there anything to hard for God”. If only we would believe and trust God at his word. Dijon’s life challenges us all to be more like him by supporting worthy causes and living a life of love and sevant leadership. Lead on my brother my nephew 😊😊😊😊👍🏿👍🏿👍🏿💕🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🎈🎈

  3. Dijon, you are a living example of the power of perseverance! Keep defying the odds my brother. God has great things for you!

  4. Congratulations cousin Dijon on this journey called Life. To God be the glory for all He has done in yr life an lives of those you have touched in your 26years of life. Keep trusting cousin, Keep inspiring an living life to its fullest potential an God will grant the desires of your HEART.
    Kansas City Missouri

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